BLOG: Passing The Faith | Pastor Kristin
December 10, 2014
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
God’s plans are not short-sighted. I can make plans for the day, for the week, and for the years ahead, but God’s plans extend across generations. I love the cry of the psalmist, who has known God from his youth and is determined to make God known to a new generation. He reminds me of my grandfather, who accepted Christ on a navy ship as a young man. The life He found in Christ was shared from one generation to the next.
On the other extreme, I think of Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-20). As a king, Hezekiah stands out because he put his trust in the Lord. He was a successful leader who led the people of Judah to worship and serve God. In the face of great adversity and deadly illness, Hezekiah prayed and sought God. Again and again, God responded and delivered when Hezekiah asked. But when Hezekiah heard a prophesy about a devastation that would come to his descendants, he did… nothing. He was satisfied with his own peace and security; Hezekiah did not pray or seek the Lord for his children or grandchildren. So, within one generation of his death, the people of Judah were led astray and did more evil than any generation before them. Things got so bad that Hezekiah’s grandson was sacrificed in fire, and enough innocent blood was shed to fill the city from end to end.
Our faith will be short-lived unless we pass it on to a younger generation. God’s plans are clearly cross-generational, so we seek Him for much more than our own comfort and security. We must be a people who demonstrate and declare His mighty acts to all who are to come!
Pastor Kristin Porter || Children’s Pastor